Babbo Ristorante

4.8
3372 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Located on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, Babbo opened to great acclaim in 1998 and is as bustling and popular as ever. It offers three-star dining that redefines and reinvents the principles of Italian cuisine for 21st century America. An epic, landmark wine list, an exciting, quintessentially New York dining room and expert, attentive and cordial service make a table at Babbo one of New York’s prized possessions.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3372 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHoboken
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food took impossibly long to come out of the kitchen, yet was uniformly under-seasoned, almost as though each dish was missing an ingredient or two. The restaurant still seems to be doing quite well post-Mario Batali, but very much seems to be living on its reputation at this point.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and incredible food

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viplovethecity
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing and so was service. Loved the wine the waiter offered us.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food super I’ll Beyonce love this place coming back soon

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SarahD
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome staff, delicious food and wine. Memorable dining, loved the energy of the place.

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vipFrenchFoodie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, a memorable and indulgent experience. The staff was attentive, polite and incredibly knowledgeable, both in terms of making recommendations for wine pairings and dish choices. It's sometimes hard to strike the right balance at an upscale restaurant, and service can sometimes feel stuffy. Our server was truly exceptional, and he struck a great balance between professional and friendly. The dishes we tried were very well thought-out and executed. The pairing of flavors and textures was really on point - with the warm carpaccio truly being a standout!! The crispiness of the sunchokes balanced out the softness of the Wagyu, and the porcini mustard added some acidity to the dish that really complemented and brought out the flavor of the meat. I highly recommend ordering it. If I had any feedback, or advice to those visiting, it would be to skip the Garganelli if you are looking for something that packs a punch in terms of flavor. It was a little flat for my liking. As always, taste and pallet is very personal, but if you like intense flavors, then this dish is likely not for you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing outdoor dining experience. Food was top notch, as was service and value. Highly recommend.

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CarterS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service, the upstairs area was way too loud in my opinion. We are in our 20s and had to ask the server to turn the volume down. Couldn’t hear yourself think but they were able to turn it down to a more acceptable volume.

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LisaM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did an amazing job of making us feel "normal". Everything was safe and followed COVID protocol, but it still felt like a wonderful night out in NYC

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Batman
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Not a very pleasant experience. After we were seated, the waitress asked us if we wanted water or sparkling water. We chose sparkling water, but were not told that this drink was a chargeable item. The same was with the coffee and tea after dessert.

The food was generally good but absolutely not the best considering the price. Service was terrible. We ordered 5 dishes but the service was very slow. It took 30 to 40 minutes for each dish to be served.

The environment was OK but again, considering the price, it was not something you expect of a fine dining place. Won't be back.

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vipNytitan
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice valentines meal! Well heated outside as well. The lobster, black spaghetti were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service will come again soon !!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day!

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vipSamanthaD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was aweful. Every course came out incorrectly with no apology or explanation. The quality of the food has gone way downhill as well. So sad.

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Truffled
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I’ve had both great and terrible service here. For the amount paid I expected a bit more service and attention to details given it was Valentine’s weekeend. Paid an extra $40 for shaved truffles which the server forgot to put on until I was more than halfway done with my meal. Such a shame. This place used to be so great

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vipLauraT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant hands-down. I only have great memories of every time I’ve been there plus the food never disappoints.

They had a wonderful set up for outside. Very cozy and all the servers were very mindful of Covid protocols.

I felt like we had the true Babbo experience although we were outside sitting in a hut. My husband and I had two appetizers, two pastas and shared an entrée and then dessert. Everything was amazing.

I will always be back as long as Babbo will welcome me there

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in NYC. Food and service are above and beyond.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were impeccable.

CM
vipCindyM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect but not cheap. Totally worth it. Love the people and the food. Miss indoor but we will be back when they are. Best food at the bar going babe!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must for Italian wine lovers!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s just amazing after all these years. Still one of the best spots in nyc.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Babbo’s food is a culinary experience like no other. Make it every day - save it for a special occasion - whatever the excuse if you enjoy incredible food - this is the place for you.

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vipMelissaLeonard
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went on a Saturday might and it was delicious . We sat outside under the heaters . The pasta & mozzarella were great . We would definitely go back .

JM
vipJenniferM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Take advantage of the opportunity to get a coveted reservation to dine alfresco. The food and service were stellar, per usual.

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vipBlancaD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular. Also, consideing all that restaurant staff has to go through in these trying times the service was excellent. We were celebrating my husband's retirement and they helped make it a wonderful experience.

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vipAllenC
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Annuversary

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vipAbbyT
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Babbo is consistantly excellent. We shared the octopus app and pasta bolognese. Both were just perfect. I had the pork chop (Ive had this 3 times over the years and it never misses) and my spouse had the delicious Bass. The service, even outside (due to covid) is on point and courteous. Another great time at Babbo. Owner Joe was keeping an eye on things, both outside and in the kitchen.

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vipMEMcC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal for 6 at Babbo, with space heaters helping to keep everyone warm. Cocktails, food and wine all delicious. One hiccup was 2 people in our group received the wrong appetizers, but elected to just keep and eat them without mentioning. Not sure what happened with the order but didn't keep us from enjoying our meal.

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vipxxxttt
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on New Year’s Eve during COVID. it was really nice sitting outside with the heater over head. They didn’t have a prix fixe menu, which is really nice. Portions were huge for its level. Server was friendly. We had a very good time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a cold day. The outdoor dining has the heater on the ceiling which definitely helped. I would think the heater by the feet/legs would be more helpful but it was good enough. Food was out of this world. The situation wasn’t ideal but it was the best effort possible in the age of covid.

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Ayan
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. We were warm inside the outdoor dining space. Food was delicious. I had a great time.

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vipViktoriyaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and wine

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible evening - thank you again!

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vipDDDD
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Still a classic.

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michaelm
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impecable. A very high-end sophisticated experice. The food was amazing. My only complaint would be the music selection. I always prefer that the most music coordinates thematically with the cuisine, decor and ambiance.

MP
MarianneP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want one of the best dining experiences in Manhattan’s West Village look no further than Babbo Ristorante. The food, service, atmosphere, and cocktails are unsurpassed. The wine selection is legendary. You will not be disappointed.

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GabrielC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful, my only comment was that the squid ink pasta that I ordered could have used a bit more salt.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as always. We shared the paccheri with wild boar, the busiate trapanese and the sea bass.

NY
vipNYCBizTraveler
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was superb. The place is really lovely. The food excellent. I definitely recommend and will be back.

FAQs

Babbo Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Babbo Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 777-0303.

Babbo Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 3372 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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